Artist Irene Cole
Irene Cole grew up in Ringwood, New Jersey, a small town nestled in the hills and lakes of the northern part of the state. As a child, Cole's favorite summer activity was taking art classes through a local art association, which inspired her to continue her art education throughout her schooling.
At the age of seventeen, Cole was awarded the title of “Promising Young Artist” by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She went on to earn an associate's degree in graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and remained in the city to work as an art director and graphic designer for such companies as Ziff-Davis Publishing.
Cole met her husband while working in New York. Soon after the birth of their two children, the couple decided to move to the country, settling in Manchester, Vermont where she continues work as a graphic designer and also her connection to her inner world and nature through painting. Cole returned to school in 2005 to earn her bachelor’s degree in studio art at Skidmore College.
Natural elements such as stones covering a path, shadows on the ground, and trees in the woods influence her abstract compositions. Cole intuitively layers her canvas with color, line and form until the painting is resolved.
Irene Cole works out of her studio in Manchester, Vermont and exhibits her paintings throughout New England. [...]
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